The Advanced Wound Center at Mission Regional Medical Center Raises Awareness of Chronic Wounds

June 04, 2015

Maria del Carmen Silva, BSN, RN dresses a wound at The Advanced Wound Center at MRMC.

The Advanced Wound Center at Mission Regional Medical Center {MRMC), a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds. The second annual Wound Care Awareness Week, sponsored by Healogics, is being held from June 1 to June 5. One of nearly 800 Healogics managed centers; Mission Regional Medical Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds.  Program directors across the nation will dedicate the entire week to visiting local physician offices to provide education to help staff identify patients that may benefit from advanced wound care.

It is estimated that chronic wounds affect 6.7 million people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and the late effects of radiation therapy.  Untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.

“Many patients live with chronic wounds for months or even years. Because of the lack of awareness of advanced wound care, physicians do not always know when it is appropriate to refer these patients to a Wound Care Center for treatment,” said D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Director for Healogics, Inc.

People with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment may benefit from a visit to a wound care center. “Advanced wound care, as part of a comprehensive care plan can help heal patients faster than traditional methods,” said Tracy Florence, Program Director at The Advanced Wound Center at MRMC. “It is our mission to provide top quality care as well as raise awareness of the chronic wound problem, particularly here in the Rio Grande Valley where diabetes is so common in patients.” Slow healing diabetic wounds is one of the most common conditions treated at wound care centers. 

Other conditions treated at The Advanced Wound Center at MRMC include: pressure ulcers, surgical wounds, wounds caused by infection, traumatic wounds and wounds due to circulatory problems.

To learn more about Wound Care Awareness Week, visit woundcareawareness.com. To schedule an appointment at The Advanced Wound Center at Mission Regional Medical Center, please call (956) 323-9030.